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Has anyone had to have sugery for thier hound dog limping ? Ethel has a limp and my vet recommended surgery to basically cut one of her leg bones in half and extend it so that both bones are the same length. I asked about "Pano" and she said that Ethel does not have pano but a bone defect and she is suffering and will become lame if we don't take some action soon. We took Ethel to another vet to get the surgery done and that vet said that my vet is out of her mind and Ethel does not need surgery. Well, we are going for a third opinion (tie-breaker) tomorrow with a new vet to see what he thinks. In the mean time, Ethel is still limping and I hate to see her in any kind of pain. Has anyone had any experience in this area ?
 

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Make sure your third opinion vet is familiar with the breed - some vets who are not familiar with bassets might not recognize pano as a possibility.Ethel is in the right age range for a bout of pano ( usually up to 2 years I think).

[ January 10, 2006, 10:59 AM: Message edited by: murraysmom ]
 
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I think your right, thats why I am so indecisive. I printed a very good article about Pano I saw in this forum and am going to keep it on me if the vet isn't up on this subject. God knows I don't want to go hacking up Ethel's leg on a guess. The cost isn't really an issue....It's one of our furkids.
 

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I'd be very sure before letting anyone do surgery on a basset. The xrays can be hard to read for someone who only sees them occasionally. Best of luck-
 

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If her leg bone has not grown properly you should be able to see that the leg is not normal looking ,even for a basset. Does her one leg look different than the other or is it just that she limps on one leg? Pano can move from leg to leg. Do her front feet turn out to each side,even just one of the front feet?I mean extreamly?
 

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Not sure if any of these will help but on the Daily Drool they have a link with owner recomended Basset vets. Just click on your state. I know I have seen Basset recommended vets somewhere else but this is all I could find quickly. Hope it helps someone.

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Her front feet turn out at about 60 degrees which is quite a bit. The legs themselves look OK. I would have had no problem if the surgeon I went to had not said she was OK. We have another surgoen looking at her at 8:30 this morning so hopefully this will get resolved. I am tending to agree that this is not "pano" because she has had the limp for about 2 months on the same leg.
 
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Good news....she has "pano" no surgury needed.
What a difference research makes. It took me 3 vets before I found one that actually would listen to me about "pano". Thank you to all who have posted the information I used to finally get Ethel diagnosed correctly. I hate to think that we almost cut her open and cut her bone in half to install pins over a mis-diagnosis. it's not the money.....It's having to put her through all that pain for nothing.
 
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That is great news and I think its something they usually outgrow, right? So do they do anything to treat?

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I think your right...they do out grow it. My "New" vet said it is basically like growing pains in teenagers. She is on anti-inflamitorys for a month.
 

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Jake outgrew it around a year (plus a few months). We used an anti inflammatory on occasion during that time. Another basset we had didn't outgrow it till around 2 years- Good luck!
 
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YEA no surgery. Pearl had a rough bout with pano when she was a pup but she eventually grew out of it. I wish I had found this site earlier. If I had it to do over again I would ask the vet about some remedyl(sp). She took so long to get over it and she was in quite a bit of pain. Yvonne
 

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Copper has a time with his back left leg. His started when was about 3 months and he will be a year next week. We have a really nice vet who is great with our retriever Rudy but he doesn't seem to have any clear answers for Copper. we have had x-rays but he said he couldn't really pin point the probelm. He has been on previox on three different visits and it always seems to help. The last time I took him in he said we could do more x-rays but he told me nothing from the last so I hate to keep doing x-rays when I am getting no answers. He always sedates him and I don't like having him sedated or leaving him for the day.I ask about pano and he said he didn't think it was that because it is always in the same leg and he said pano was always shifting.I am currently looking for a vet a little more familar with bassets.I would appreciate any advice or experince anyone has had.
P.S. there are times when shivers terribly when his leg is apparently hurting.
 

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One problem that affects the rear legs is patellar luxation, which is where the kneecap slips in and out of position. One of my bassets needed surgery for this when she was a year old, because the continued movement of the kneecap can lead to arthritis.

Medial and Lateral Patellar Luxation

You might also consider obtaining a second opinion, either from a specialist or a veterinary school, if you happen to live near one. Good luck. :)

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Thanks for the information. I read the article and it does sound alot like his symptoms.One of the first thing we noticed was his funny little skip when he runs.His vet also said that his elbow joint seemed loose. I Will certainly be finding someone a little more experience to check him over again thank-you very much for the new information
 
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